For people who are new to guided fishing trips in Pensacola, FL, there can occasionally be a bit of awkwardness at the end of the trip when people wonder whether they should or shouldn’t tip their guides and other staff, and if so, how they should go about it. We’re here to clear up a bit of that confusion!
Tips are always recommended after any type of guided excursion, whether it’s a sightseeing tour or a fishing trip. Think of it this way: you reward good service with a tip at other locations, such as a restaurant, barber shop or taxi ride, so why not reward the service of a guide as well? These guides work hard to provide you with the best possible experience on your fishing trip, and have put a lot of effort into making the necessary preparations to ensure you come away with a positive experience.
Consider how you’d tip at a restaurant
In the United States, it’s generally expected that you’ll leave a tip when dining at a restaurant when you’re finished with your meal. Many restaurants even implement automatically included tips as part of their bills.
Fishing guides, like restaurant servers, often depend on tips as part of their earnings, and they are likely counting on getting something from their guests at the end of an excursion. At a restaurant, the general standard is a 15 percent tip, but there are those who choose to tip more. Using the same guidelines for tipping on your fishing trip can be a good strategy.
The big issue is that most anglers simply do not know what’s expected of them when it comes to tipping their guide at the end of a day. They do not know whether they are required to tip, or what they’re expected to give.
It can vary a bit depending on the type of excursion you’re on. If you are out with an independent fishing guide, the owner is probably doing everything for you—preparing the boat, paying the insurance, filling the gas, providing all the tackle and gear, buying the food and snacks, etc. Providing tips to an owner-operator can help them stay in business and shows them you appreciate the effort they put into providing a first-class experience for their guests.
In other circumstances, the guide may be the staff member at a lodge or resort. These professionals are generally paid a simple wage that likely isn’t going to be enough to pay their bills, much like a restaurant server. These guides expect to receive a tip that will add on to their income, and it’s generally going to be more expected that you tip them.
Again, use the same standard of how you’d tip in a restaurant. For many people, 15 to 20 percent is the standard, and that’s a good method of calculating tips for guides.
For more information about tipping on guided fishing trips in Pensacola, FL, reach out to the team at Entertainer Charters, LLC today.
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